Four linked to Panama Papers investigation charged

Dec. 5 (UPI) — Four men were indicted in a decades-long “intercontinental money laundering scheme” involving a global law firm and related to the so-called Panama Papers, the Department of Justice said Tuesday.

Wire fraud, tax fraud, money laundering and other offenses are linked to Mossack Fonseca Co., which is based in Panama, the DOJ said in a news release after the 11-count indictment was unsealed Tuesday in New York.

The Panama Papers, which were first leaked to the Suddeutsche Zeitung, a major German newspaper, detailed financial details about secret offshore accounts in 2016.

Charged were a U.S. citizen, Richard Gaffey; Ramses Owens, of Panama; and Dirk Brauer and Harald Joachim Von Der Goltz, both German citizens. All four were arrested, except for Owens, an attorney who worked for Mossack Fonseca and remains at large.

“For decades, the defendants, employees and a client of global law firm Mossack Fonseca

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